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Contract Law

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PAR 218

       Course Name: Contract Law

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PAR 101 and PAR 110, both with minimum grade of C. Recommended: PAR 113 and PAR 210 or consent of program coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the principles, history, and sources of contract law; elements of a valid, enforceable contract; and contract drafting. Topics include Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code regarding the sale of goods, and the role of the paralegal in contract law.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Law of Contracts.
    A. know what a contract is
    B. identify the elements of a contract
    C. understand the makeup of a valid offer
    D. understand the makeup of a proper acceptance
    E. identify legally adequate consideration
    F. demonstrate an understanding of contractual capacity
    G. distinguish contracts in which the subject matter is legal from those in which it is not
    H. identify and discuss contractual intent and mutual assent
2. Identify areas of difference between the common law of contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code.
3. Discuss the rights of third parties in contracts.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the remedies available to an aggrieved party for breach of contract. Outcomes assessment: quizzes and final examination.
5. Show the ability to draft a simple contract.  Outcomes assessment: student project and final exam

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1. Overview of Contracts
2. Offer
3. Acceptance
4. Consideration
5. Legality of Subject Matter and Contractual Capacity
6. Contractual Intent
7. Contractual Provisions
8. The Uniform Commercial Code
9. Third Party Contracts
10. Discharge of Obligations
11. Remedies
12. Drafting of Simple Contracts
13. Ethical concerns of Contract Law

VII.  Methods of Instruction

1.    Lecture
2.    Discussion
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1. Reading Assignments
2. Writing Assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1.    Examinations
2.    Quizzes
3.    Class assignments
4.    Classroom participation
5.    Student project

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.